Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Tech farmer uses micro-livestock to restart family’s agriculture heritage

Four goats and a donkey bush hog family history back into view. Undergrowth blanket where 19th- and 20th-century kin folk of the Hicks household farmed as part of generational survival. Opposite the livestock-mowing operation holds firmly the Hicks’ home house — as it’s referred. A now paint-peeled, wooden homestead still protected by its original...

15 COVID resources Black farmers should know about

BFN wants to keep you in the know about resources that can help you and your farm during COVID-19. As relevant information becomes available,...

Volunteer State farmer flips lawn into sustainable poultry operation

Buy processed chicken strips for $20 a bag or go home empty-handed. Those were Vincent Padgett Sr.’s grocery meat options during the global pandemic....

Female farmer produces hemp history in South Georgia

She pushes. He pulls. They both use their bodyweight to heave the makeshift hemp seed dispenser across lumpier soil. Sweat scampers down their melanin-filled...

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How BFN positioned this farmer to capture new audiences

Georgia farmer Sedrick Rowe grows crops as if they’re an outdoor art. His green thumb is simply genius. And he’s one of only a...

First-year livestock farmer forecasts promise in cattle, COVID

They spring from the family's Polaris 4-wheeler already knowing the day's duties. Mariah refills the water troughs. Makinzi replenishes the gatefeeders. The 11- and...

Manning one of Georgia’s ‘essential’ green jobs during COVID-19

He’s a nature and numbers kind of guy. Edward Morrow’s rural lifestyle has been about making critical calculations on behalf of the land: amount...

Grad students’ goat research seeks healthier solutions for farmers

What’s the most nutritious, low-cost feed farmers should use on today’s goat farms? Graduate student Victoria Fitchett, 27, has spent summer 2019 working on the...

National ag program unites Black farmers of African Diaspora

On-the-field, co-op training connects Southern, island farmhands



By 2030, almost a quarter of jobs in the Black rural South could become displaced by automation.
— Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

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